- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The fullest account yet of the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has come from Dorian Johnson, who says he was walking with Brown when the two were approached by police. Investigators have released few details, saying only that the shooting was preceded by a scuffle between the officer and a man in which the officer’s weapon fired inside a patrol car, and have not commented directly on Johnson’s account. Here is what Johnson told local media during an interview on the street shortly after the Saturday shooting:


Johnson said he and Brown were walking home from a convenience store when a police officer, using expletives, told them to get out of the street and onto the sidewalk.

Johnson said they kept walking and told the officer they were near their destination, which caused the officer to reverse his car “in a manner to where it almost hit us.”

The officer, Johnson said, blocked both lanes of traffic with his car as he pulled alongside Johnson and Brown. He said the officer tried to open his door but he was so close to the men that it “ricocheted” back, apparently upsetting the officer.

Johnson said the officer reached through the window “and grabbed my friend around the neck,” then tried to pull him into the car. The officer then allegedly pulled out his weapon “and said, ‘I’ll shoot you,’ or ‘I’m going to shoot.’”

Johnson said Brown was hit, starting to bleed. Johnson ran to hide behind a car.

“My friend he kept running and he told me to keep running because he feared for me, too,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the officer pursued Brown with his weapon drawn.

“He shot again and once my friend felt that shot he turned around and put his hands in the air and he started to get down but the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and he fired several more shots,” Johnson said. “And my friend died. He didn’t say anything to him. He just stood over and he’s shooting.”

“We wasn’t committing any crime, bringing no harm to nobody, but my friend was murdered in cold blood,” Johnson said.

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